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About Us

Ross Holmes Virtual Lawyers Limited is a boutique law firm specialising in asset protection planning and trusts, business law, and property law. We have a Chinese legal division.

Our team members are:


Managing Director - Ross Holmes LLB. (Hons.), TEP

Senior Associate - Neena Bartlett LLB., Dip. Crim., TEP.

Solicitor - Katherine Shan LLB.

Senior Legal Executive – Janet Holmes

Senior Registered Legal Executive - Kirsty Hourigan

Legal Executive - Adam Wang LLM.

Management Accountant - Francisca Wahjudi BEd., GraDipBus., ASA.

Accounts Assistant/Receptionist - Megan Bowen

Managing Director - Ross Holmes LLB. (Hons.), TEP

Ross Holmes is Managing Director of Ross Holmes Virtual Lawyers Limited, and its trust division Ross Holmes Trusts, a Director of a number of private companies, and a trustee of the trusts established by his family.

Ross graduated with an honours degree in law from Victoria University in Wellington in 1971 (which included a masters paper in taxation and estate planning). He has been practising as a lawyer since 1973 and has been a partner in law firms since 1975.

Ross specialises in asset protection planning and trusts. He is a member of the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the author of the best selling books on trusts: "Sham Trusts" (1999), "Success with Trusts" (2000), "Successful Trust Management" (2002 and 2005), is a contributing author to legal publishers Lexis Nexis textbook "Law of Trusts" (2000), and has had articles on trusts published in legal journals. He co-authored Southern Cook Islands Customary Law, History, and Society, with Ron Crocombe.

His experience in the asset protection planning field includes a period as a senior manager in the taxation division of a leading accountancy firm, and a period as Managing Director of an Australia and New Zealand Banking Group international trustee company subsidiary. Email: rossholmes@rossholmes.co.nz


Senior Associate - Neena Bartlett LLB., Dip. Crim., TEP.

Neena Bartlett joined Ross Holmes in 1989. She graduated with a degree in Law from Canterbury University and was admitted as a Barrister and a Solicitor of the High Court in 1988. Neena also completed a Diploma in Criminology from Auckland University in 1988. She is a member of STEP and has extensive experience in property law and asset protection planning. Email: neenab@rossholmes.co.nz








Solicitor - Katherine Shan LLB.

Katherine is an experienced property lawyer, who also assists Ross Holmes in relationship property, trust and asset protection planning. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of High Court in New Zealand in April 2015. She previously worked for a commercial law firm in Guang Zhou, China specializing in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. Katherine has law degrees from universities in both Beijing and Auckland. Katherine is a people's person and finds satisfaction in seeking the best possible resolution for her clients.  Katherine is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Email: katherines@rossholmes.co.nz


Senior Legal Executive - Janet Holmes

Janet Holmes is a Senior Legal Executive. A former primary school principal, Janet joined our team in 1993. She has since gained extensive experience in the asset protection planning field and is a key member of our team. Email: jholmes@rossholmes.co.nz








 Senior Registered Legal Executive - Kirsty Hourigan

Kirsty Hourigan has many years experience in trust and estate administration and accounts. She joined Ross Holmes in 1998 as a Trust Consultant specialising in the administration of trusts and estates. She also acts for clients on property transactions. Email: kirstyh@rossholmes.co.nz








 Legal Executive - Adam Wang

Adam is employed as a Legal Executive specialising in property purchases, sales, and refinancing. He speaks English and Mandarin. Email: adamw@rossholmes.co.nz


Management Accountant - Francisca Wahjudi BEd., GraDipBus., ASA

Francisca is our General Manager/Management Accountant who has experience in finance, accounting and treasury. She is an Associate Member of CPA and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in education from Atmajaya University of Indonesia and a Graduate Diploma in accounting from Auckland University of Technology. Francisca is part of our core management team and responsible for a wide range of duties including finance, accounting, human resources, and marketing. Email: franciscaw@rossholmes.co.nz






Accounts Assistant/Receptionist  - Megan Bowen 

Megan works primarily in one of the most important positions - our reception desk, assisting our clients. She also assists with our accounting. Email: reception@rossholmes.co.nz



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